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    Prison time for activist over green jobs banner? We’re not kidding

    Posted by dlt on May 21, 2010

    Dear Friends,

    Despite the Gulf disaster, no one from BP has been arrested and sent to jail. Despite safety violations at coal mines, no one from Massey Energy has been handcuffed. But today I write to inform you that one of America’s best global warming activists is probably facing several months of jail. He’s been convicted by a D.C. jury, and now he awaits sentencing on July 6th. Why? Because he peacefully dropped two banners on Capitol Hill that said: “GREEN JOBS NOW” and “GET TO WORK.”

    I’m not joking. Ted Glick of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network was convicted by a jury May 13th of peacefully dropping the banners inside the U.S. Senate Hart Office Building last September. The DC U.S. Attorney’s office clearly has decided to make an “example” of Ted because of his previous two — count ’em, two — convictions related to peaceful acts of climate civil disobedience. Can you believe it? You can see a three-minute video of Ted’s September “crime” right here. He’s the guy toward the end simply lowering the banners. Period.

    Now Ted is facing up to three years in jail. Based on the judge’s comments last week, it really does appear that he will be incarcerated for at least a month or two.

    So here’s what you can do:

    First, please write a respectful but firm snail-mail letter to Judge Frederick H. Weisberg telling him why you think Ted should not go to jail. The judge’s address is below. Just type something up, print it and mail it off. Explain why only a suspended sentence is fair, especially given all the real injustices out there on global warming. There is reason to believe that that a large number of thoughtful, well-reasoned letters to the judge could bring leniency.

    Second, take an action right now that will help create a world where global warming is no longer such a threat and people like Ted won’t have to drop banners and get arrested in the first place! Sign the “Windmills, Not Oil Spills” petition to stop new offshore drilling in America and promote clean energy alternatives instead.

    Thanks for your support, your activism, and your prayers as CCAN fights to keep a morally innocent staff member out of jail during this time of great global crisis.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Tidwell
    Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network


    Here’s the judge’s address:

    Judge Frederick H. Weisberg
    DC Superior Court
    500 Indiana Ave., NW
    Washington, DC  20001

    **Please keep in mind**

    The letters should be respectful. Suggested topics include:

    • If you personally know Ted and have shared experiences with him, tell the judge;
    • Describe the urgency of the climate issue and the need to pressure our government to take action on it;
    • Give your views on what would be a justice-based approach by the legal system toward nonviolent actions of the kind Ted took part in.

    Please let other people know about this campaign. And it would be helpful if you could send us a copy of your letter to Judge Weisberg, or if you could let us know that you have sent a letter. You can email Ted at ted AT chesapeakeclimate.org, or you could send by regular mail to Ted’s attention at CCAN, P.O. Box 11138, Takoma Park, Md. 20912.


    Mike Tidwell
    Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    MTidwell AT ChesapeakeClimate.org
    cell: 240-460-5838
    www.ChesapeakeClimate.org

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    BEYOND VIETNAM: A TIME TO BREAK SILENCE

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on April 6, 2008

    MARTIN LUTHER KING:

    THE RIVERSIDE SPEECH
    Forty-one years ago, April 4, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his most prophetic speech to an assemblage of Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, at Riverside Church in New York City.
    Forty years ago, April 4, he was murdered.
    The full text of that speech follows.
    BEYOND VIETNAM:
    A TIME TO BREAK SILENCE
    (See images and hear his speech in segments.)


    I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.

    The truth of these words is beyond doubt but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover when the issues at hand seem as perplexed as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must move on.

    Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. And we must rejoice as well, for surely this is the first time in our nation’s history that a significant number of its religious leaders have chosen to move beyond the prophesying of smooth patriotism to the high grounds of a firm dissent based upon the mandates of conscience and the reading of history. Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movement well and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us. Read the rest of this entry »

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